Originally created 04/03/00

Tennessee starter sprains ankle



PHILADELPHIA -- Tennessee starter Kristen Clement sprained her right ankle during practice Sunday morning, leaving her availability uncertain for Sunday night's NCAA championship game against Connecticut.

The injury happened during a shootaround at the First Union Center, the site of the game, Tennessee spokeswoman Debby Jennings said. Jennings said Clement rolled the ankle, but said she did not know exactly how it occurred.

X-rays showed no bone damage and Clement was undergoing treatment, said Dr. William T. Youmans, the team's orthopedic surgeon. A decision on whether Clement could play was to be made just before the game, Jennings said.

Tennessee trainer Jenny Moshak worked quickly last week when national player of the year Tamika Catchings sprained her right ankle in the first half of the Mideast Regional final against Texas Tech.

Catchings missed only about seven minutes of the game and finished with 16 rebounds as Tennessee won 57-44.

Clement, from the Philadelphia suburb of Broomall, is averaging 5.6 points and a team-high 3.5 assists.